IEEE Winnipeg Section


EMBS Chapter Seminar



Detector Development in the PET Imaging Research Program at the University of Manitoba


Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM


E2-350 EITC, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba


Andrew L. Goertzen, Ph.D., MCCPM
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology
Coordinator, PET/CT Program
University of Manitoba


Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is an important nuclear medicine imaging method used both for assessment of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease in clinical patients and for research into understanding disease processes and developing new therapies. The PET/CT imaging program at the University of Manitoba was established in 2005 and has grown to presently include a clinical PET/CT camera, a dedicated preclinical PET system, a medical cyclotron and radiochemistry facility and a PET imaging instrumentation research group. This talk will give an overview of the PET imaging program at Health Sciences Centre / University of Manitoba and then describe ongoing research to develop new detectors for PET imaging. Two central projects in the detector development program are creating small footprint imaging systems that can be used on a laboratory bench-top for small animal research imaging studies and developing MRI compatible PET detectors for a combined MRI/PET imaging system.


Andrew Goertzen is an Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Manitoba and a clinical nuclear medicine physicist at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Goertzen is a Member of the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine with certification in nuclear medicine. His research interests are the development of detectors and technologies for multimodality PET imaging and their application to improve image quality in both clinical and preclinical PET imaging.


Free, All are welcome.


For questions or more information contact Sherif S. Sherif at 474-6893.